The Montclair Plaza will kick off Black Friday a day early with JC Penney, Sears and Macy’s opening at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving day. Nordstom will open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday, November 29. From 6 to 10 a.m. on Black Friday, shoppers can visit the KGGI radio booth to grab into the good bag for a chance to win a gift card from various retailers, varying from $1 to $100.Throughout the day, 450 bags with retailer promotions and mall giveaways will be distributed.
Michael Ryan & Friends perform music, song and dance of "Rhythms of Rio" at 8 p.m. On Saturday, November 23. $40 includes reception benefit performance for the Claremont Community Foundation. Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont. Concert tickets are available at www.claremontfoundation.org or call 398-1060.
John York is a singer, composer and guitarist well-known as a former member of the Byrds with Roger McGuinn, Clarence White and Gene Parsons. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Prison Library Project. Tickets are available at the Claremont Forum. 7 p.m. $10 in advance or $12 at the door. The Claremont Forum is located at 586 W. First St., in the Claremont Packing House.
Friday is a busy night in Claremont. Check out a Day of the Dead Cultural Event presented by Claremont Graduate University and The Latino Graduate Student Association. The event features live music, dancing, food trucks, drinks, sugar skulls, face painting, altar displays, Danza Azteca and Day of the Dead Merchandise. Bring a photo of a passed loved one to display on an altar. 6 to 11 p.m. 170 E. Tenth St., Claremont. Visit the Claremont Village galleries for Art Walk between 6 and 9 p.m. for artist receptions including some Dia de Los Muertos themes.
Village Venture features hundreds of booths filled with unique art, handmade crafts and international cuisine, along with specific areas focusing on local businesses. This is autumn's largest arts and crafts fair in the Inland Empire. A children’s costume contest begins at 9:30 a.m. Assemble at the corner of Harvard and Bonita avenues at 9:15 a.m. The parade will be led by the El Roble Marching Band. Bring pre-carved pumpkins to Shelton Park between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. for a pumpkin carving contest. Prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m. and winners must be present to win. Village Venture takes place in the Village between 9 and 5 p.m.
Dale Bros Brewery hosts an Oktober Fiesta with music by The Plus Tones and food from The Viking Truck from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds to benefit Shoes That Fit. Bring a new pair of athletic shoes—sizes 10 youth to 12 adult—to be entered into a charity raffle. $5 cover. 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland. www.dalebrosbrewery.com.
Browse comic collectibles, art dealers, original art, prints, action figures, games and more at the Comic Book & Collectibles Show. Sunday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. 532 W. First St., Claremont Packing House.
The LA County Fair is open through Sunday, September 29. Visit www.lacountyfair.com for details and see the COURIER’s Claremont After Hours blog about the fair by visiting www.claremontafterhours.com or click the link on the lower left side of this page.
The twelfth annual Vintage Village Wine Walk will offer over 35 beverage and food-tasting sites with live music. 4 to 8 p.m. in the Claremont Village on Saturday, September 14. Visit www.claremontwinewalk.com for more information.
Visit Claremont Village art galleries for a series of opening receptions for this month’s featured artists at participating locations from 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the Village to hear free live music performances with this week’s performers: Dynamite Dawson (soft rock) at the Public Plaza and Sax Quartet (jazz/standards) at the Claremont Chamber.
Catch the Claremont Shuttle in front of Eureka Claremont for transportation to and from the California Beer Festival at Bonelli Park on Saturday, September 7. 10:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Festival tickets range from $25 to $70. Shuttle passes must be obtained prior to the event at www.californiabeerfestival.com.
Israeli folk dance class on Monday, August 26. Learn basic steps from 7 to 7:30 p.m., followed by intermediate instruction and open dancing until 10 p.m. Classes are $5 and are taught by Yael Steinfeld weekly at the Masonic Lodge, 272 W. Eighth St., Claremont.
Women's Perspectives in the Dharma Traditions (and Beyond): 2013 Jain Conference. In this conference, diverse and many-sided voices will take on 2 primary tasks: First, to examine how texts and traditions pose concrete obstacles to the full citizenship of women. Second, to articulate new approaches, cultivate alternative readings and re-frame marginalized perspectives of those very same texts and traditions in order to usher in social equity, gender inclusion and the co-shaping of abundant communities. The conference takes place August 23 and 24 at Claremont Lincoln University’s Mudd Theatre.